Frederick H. Alexander

Counsel

(302) 351-9228 T
(302) 425-4666 F

Named one of the 10 most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.

Rick is a member of the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group, which focuses on corporate governance and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and corporate control contests.  His work often involves counseling boards of directors and board committees, including special committees of directors appointed to negotiate mergers or other significant transactions.  Rick also serves as Head of Legal Policy at B Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible business practices.

Rick has been recognized as one of the 10 most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers and selected by The Best Lawyers in America as Delaware Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year and Delaware Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year.  He has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States by the Lawdragon guide, and is listed in the Delaware Corporate/M&A category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

He is the author of two books: The Public Benefit Corporation Guidebook (2016) and The Delaware Corporation; Legal Aspects of Organization and Operation 1-5th C.P.S. (BNA, 2014) and has written numerous articles, including M&A Under Delaware’s Public Benefit Statute:  A Hypothetical Tour, Harvard Business Law Review (forthcoming); Forum Selection Bylaws: Where We Are and Where We Go From Here (Insights 2013); The Multi-Jurisdictional Stockholder Litigation Problem and the Forum Selection Solution (Corporate Counsel Weekly, 2011); Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers (Conference Board, 2009); Power to the Franchise or the Fiduciaries?: An Analysis of the Limits on Stockholder Activist Bylaws (Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 2008); and An Optimal Mix of Clarity and Flexibility (Delaware Lawyer, Spring 2008).

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Committee on Corporate Laws, Special Consultant)
  • American College of Governance Counsel (Inaugural Fellow)
  • Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (Member and Former Chair)
  • Delaware Access to Justice Commission (Member)

News

31 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2016) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) – The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-five Morris... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 13, 2016) – Seventeen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, Curtis S. Miller, and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as... Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016 Names Nine Morris Nichols Attorneys

Wilmington, DE (February 8, 2016) – Nine Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners will be listed in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016. Jon Abramczyk, Frederick Alexander, Melissa DiVincenzo, Andrew Johnston, William Lafferty, Kenneth Nachbar, Gil Sparks, Patricia Vella, and Jeffrey Wolters have all been identified as leaders... Continue Reading

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Ranks Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Firm in the United States

Wilmington, DE (June 3, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2015. Now in its ninth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking. “Only a small number of firms in the United States have a truly national... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2015) – The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three... Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2015 Recognizes Morris Nichols Attorneys

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Seven Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners have been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2015. Through client and peer research, the independent guide evaluates hundreds of attorneys worldwide to identify leaders in the field.  The publication highlights the “considerable... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Curtis S. Miller and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as 2015... Continue Reading

Two Morris Nichols Attorneys Elected to Inaugural Class of American College of Governance Counsel Fellows

Wilmington, DE (April 21, 2015) – Today, leading corporate governance lawyers from the United States and Canada founded the American College of Governance Counsel, with two Morris Nichols attorneys elected as fellows. Frederick H. Alexander joins the inaugural class of 36 fellows and A. Gilchrist Sparks III joins the class of nine... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2014) – Twenty-eight attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 50,000 attorneys. Two partners received special recognition as 2015 Delaware Lawyer of the... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers- Delaware Edition 2014

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2014) – 17 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013. Jack Blumenfeld and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. In addition, attorneys Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis Miller were recognized as 2014... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2014 Names 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2014) – The 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty-one Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Lawyers Named in Who's Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

Wilmington, DE (April 16, 2014) – Four Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell lawyers, have been named in The Who’s Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014. Frederick H. Alexander, Andrew M. Johnston, A. Gilchrist Sparks and Patricia O. Vella were named among the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions attorneys by Who’s... Continue Reading

2014 Chambers USA Directory Ranks 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys as 'Leaders in their Field"

Wilmington, DE (March, 2014) – The Firm congratulates its 21 attorneys who will be included in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners. Several practices and lawyers are recognized in more than one area. Delaware A Gilchrist Sparks III, Chancery & Corporate /M&A Derek... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Alert Featured on Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Wilmington, DE (November 11, 2013) – Morris Nichols' Delaware Alert: A Third Circuit Panel Strikes Down the Court of Chancery's Confidential Arbitrations was featured on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 8, 2013. The Alert provides an analysis of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America - 60 Practice Specialty Selections; 22 Top-Listed Practice areas; 5 Delaware Lawyers of the Year

Wilmington, DE (August 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols is pleased to announce that two thirds of the firm's partnership have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was noted for 60 individual specialty selections, 22 "Top-Listed" practice specialties, and five individual 2014 Delaware Lawyers... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2013 Names 17 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best In Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 24, 2013) – The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked seventeen Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named Delaware “Lawyers of the Year”

Wilmington, DE (October 11, 2012) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell attorneys A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, Jack B. Blumenfeld, and Frederick H. Alexander have been named 2013 Delaware Lawyers of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America publication in the Bet-the-Company Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Mergers and... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country, according... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country, according... Continue Reading

Rick Alexander Named One of the Top Ten Most Highly Regarded Corporate Governance Lawyers in the World

7.1.2012 - Corporate Counseling
by Frederick H. Alexander in Wilmington, DE

Wilmington, DE (July 2, 2012) – Rick Alexander, member of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group and Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, has been named one of the top ten most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2012. ... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Alert Featured on Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

11.11.2011
by Frederick H. Alexander, John P. DiTomo in Wilmington, DE

Wilmington, DE (November 11, 2013) – Morris Nichols' Delaware Alert: A Third Circuit Panel Strikes Down the Court of Chancery's Confidential Arbitrations was featured on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 8, 2013. The Alert provides an analysis of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Trial Team Contributes to eBay's Victory in Shareholder Dispute with craigslist

Wilmington, DE - September 14, 2010 - William Lafferty, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation Group partner, headed the Morris Nichols trial team that represented eBay Inc. in its successful shareholder dispute against craigslist.  The September 9 opinion in favor of eBay by Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery... Continue Reading

Lawdragon Names Four Morris Nichols Attorneys Among 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Wilmington, DE – May 13, 2010 – Morris Nichols partners Rick Alexander, Jack Blumenfeld, Bill Lafferty and Ken Nachbar have been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2010 guide, an independent listing of the nation’s most elite attorneys.  Morris Nichols had more honorees than any other Delaware law... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Represents IMS Health Transaction Committee in $5.2 Billion Private Equity Acquisition - Largest Leveraged Buyout this Year

Wilmington, DE – November 6, 2009 – Morris Nichols’ Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner Rick Alexander, and associates Eric Wilensky and Ryan Greecher, advised the Transaction Committee for IMS Health, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by TPG Capital and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a... Continue Reading

Rick Alexander Authors The Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers; Excerpts at Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Wilmington, DE  (June 25, 2009) – Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander authored the report The Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers issued by The Conference Board Governance Center.  The report is part of a series on the oversight role of the board of directors... Continue Reading

Rick Alexander Quoted in National Law Journal - Focus on Amendments to Delaware Corporation Law

Wilmington, DE – April 20, 2009 – Morris Nichols’ corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander was quoted in The National Law Journal this week in an article analyzing the recent amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell on April 10, 2009. In the article Delaware... Continue Reading

Articles

Delaware Public Benefit Corporation Practice Note, Standard Clause & Conversion Checklist

Morris Nichols attorneys Rick Alexander, Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Melissa DiVincenzo published three guides on Delaware public benefit corporations for Practical Law Corporate & Securities.  Their Delaware Public Benefit Corporation Practice...

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Events

47th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation

10.28.2015 through 10.30.2015 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
Frederick H. Alexander

The Practicing Law Institute hosts a three-day conference on securities regulation and corporate governance in New York City from October 28-30, 2015. Morris Nichols counsel Rick Alexander will speak in the session, “What’s Happening in Delaware? And Why You Need to Know,” on October 29. The panel will review significant Delaware judicial... Continue Reading

Recent Changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law: Avoid the Risks; Reap the Benefits

On June 30, 2014, Morris Nichols partners Frederick H. Alexander and Melissa A. DiVincenzo will speak in a webinar on “Recent Changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law:  Avoid the Risks; Reap the Benefits.” They will discuss a number of significant changes that have been proposed to take effect in August 2014 and explore how... Continue Reading

2013 SEC Hot Topics Institute

9.26.2013 in Houston, TX - Corporate Counseling
Frederick H. Alexander

Rick Alexander, member of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, will speak on the panel M&A Update at the annual RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute in Houston, Texas, September 26, 2013. Joining Rick on the panel is Sean T. Wheeler of Latham & Watkins LLP. The day long Institute presents SEC officials, corporate... Continue Reading

2012 ABA Annual Meeting

Rick Alexander, Ken Nachbar, Lou Hering and Tarik Haskins served as program speakers for The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 3-5, 2012. Rick’s program, Dual Class Stock: Value Enhancer or Corporate Governance Killer? discussed the rational for the Dual Class... Continue Reading

2012 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

3.22.2012 through 3.24.2012 in Las Vegas, NV - Corporate Counseling
Patricia O. Vella, Frederick H. Alexander

Rick Alexander, Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner, will serve as program moderator, and Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve as a panelist, for the session entitled The Ins and Outs of Topping Bids:  Maneuvering Through Deal Protection Terms,at the ABA Business Law... Continue Reading

2011 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

A. Gilchrist Sparks III,  Rick Alexander, Lou Hering, Patricia Vella, and Eric Wilensky will serve as panel speakers at the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, April 14-16, 2011. Gil will serve as a Session Co-Chair on the program What’s New in the Revised Corporate Director’s Guidebook.... Continue Reading

PLI Going Private 2011

2.24.2011 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
Frederick H. Alexander

Rick Alexander, Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner and Best Lawyers’ 2011 Delaware Lawyer of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions Law will moderate the session entitled Advising the Special Committee at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) Going Private 2011: Doing the Deal Right seminar, February 24, 2011, in New York... Continue Reading

2010 ABA Annual Meeting

8.5.2010 through 8.10.2010 in San Francisco, CA - Corporate Counseling
Frederick H. Alexander, Melissa A. DiVincenzo

The American Bar Association hosts its 2010 annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif. from August 5-10, 2010. Morris Nichols partners Rick Alexander and Melissa DiVincenzo will present the Corporate Laws Committee program entitled, “Is Common Stock the Preferred Security? Recent Judicial and Legislative Developments Affecting Preferred... Continue Reading

Tulane University Law School 22nd Annual Corporate Law Institute

A. Gilchrist Sparks III, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group Of Counsel and Best Lawyers 2010 Delaware Lawyer of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Rick Alexander, Corporate Law and M&A partner will serve as faculty members and panelists at the Twenty-Second Annual Corporate Law Institute at Tulane... Continue Reading

2009 SEC Hot Topics Institute

9.17.2009 in Houston, TX - Corporate Counseling
Frederick H. Alexander

Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander will speak on the panel Board of Directors' Fiduciary Obligations in M&A and Recent Cases at the annual RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute in Houston, Texas, September 17, 2009. The day long Institute presents SEC officials, corporate counsel, governance officers, chief... Continue Reading

ABA Webinar: Negotiating M&A Solvency Provisions: State of the Art in a State of Uncertainty - Live Audio Webcast

5.19.2009 in Wilmington, DE - Corporate Counseling
Frederick H. Alexander

Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander will serve as program faculty and present on the panel Negotiating M&A Solvency Provisions: State of the Art in a State of Uncertainty, a teleconference and live audio webcast sponsored by the ABA Section of Business Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Tuesday,... Continue Reading

Tulane University Law School 21st Annual Corporate Law Institute

Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander will serve as a faculty member and moderate the panel, Roles Played and Issues Faced by Financial Advisors in Today's Deals, at the Twenty-First Annual Corporate Law Institute at Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, April 2-3, 2009.  Joining Rick is co-moderator Eileen... Continue Reading